NCA e-notes     Monthly Electronic Newsletter of the Newfoundland Club of America
November 2011  

With the holidays in full swing, festive meals are more commonplace. If you have issues with your Newf begging at the table, here are some tips to get good manners on the top of the holiday menu.  It's hard to resist sharing your meal with your dog when he looks up at you with those eyes, but begging at the table can quickly become a problem. To help owners teach their dog to kick the bad habit, American Kennel Club® (AKC) Canine Good Citizen® Director and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, Mary Burch, Ph.D., offers the following tips how to stop begging at the table before it becomes a nuisance.

Be consistent. Do not give in when your dog begs you. You need to ignore the begging all the time, and make sure friends and family members do the same. "Consistency is key to changing your dog's behavior," said Dr. Burch.
Feed your dog before yourself. You should feed your dog before you sit down to eat. That way, you'll have a dog who is not hungry and is more apt to settle down.
Teach basic skills. Another way to manage your dog during meal times is to have taught basic skills such as a reliable down-stay. This alternative behavior can be used to deter begging.
Reward good behavior. Don't forget to reward your pooch for a job well done. If your dog has been well-behaved throughout the meal then take that one last bite of meat and put it in his dish - not directly into his mouth from the table. Your dog will learn this routine and might start to wait by his dish for a treat.
For more tips on training your dog, visit the official blog of the Canine Good Citizen program sponsored by The Hartford.

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In This Issue
Researchers Announce SAS Project
Free Prize Drawings for Survey Participants
The Newfoundland and You- Newly Revised
Committee Chair Opening
AKC/Eukanuba National Championship
Looking For the Genetic Marker For SAS in Newfoundlands

The Cardiac Genetics Laboratory at North Carolina State University is recruiting Newfoundland DNA samples to study Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis (SAS). SAS is a devastating, genetic cardiac disease in Newfoundlands and with funding from the NCA Charitable Trust, this lab is searching for the genetic mutation responsible for this disease. They are in need of blood samples from unrelated SAS affected and normal Newfoundlands. In order to be eligible to participate, dogs MUST have had an echocardiogram by a board certified cardiologist. A copy of that report along with 2-3cc's of blood and a three generation pedigree can be sent to NCSU. There is no cost for participation and involvement is completely confidential. More information about forms needed and where and how to ship samples, For more information on SAS, visit the Health section of the NCA website.

Marvelous Mondays Brighten Work Weeks
Every week from now until the National Specialty this spring, the NCA Charitable Trust will be drawing raffle prizewinners! Cool swag! And it is FREE!!  All you need to do is enter your Newfoundland dogs in the health survey Then send an email with your name and address Each Monday we will draw one lucky prizewinner. Prizes will be shipped to the address provided in the email. If your dogs are already in the survey- send your name in today! Names will stay in the drawing pool for the entire raffle period.Raffle entries are not connected in any way to your survey responses- the survey remains completely confidential. ! Thank your for supporting our breed by taking this survey!
Free eBook Download from the NCA
puppy 7Now available to download, newly revised and updated. "The Newfoundland and You", the definitive resource for new and prospective Newfoundland owners. Containing information on selecting your Newfoundland, background information on the breed, health considerations, and caring for your new family member, this valuable resource is ready for you to download now!

The NCA seeks applications for the position of Chair, Publicity Committee.
small logoReporting to the NCA Board of Directors, the Chair and members of the Publicity Committee will coordinate the marketing and publicity activities of the NCA to increase public awareness of the mission and goals of the Club.  Duties and responsibilities include:
Place NCA advertisement in the show catalogs of four bench shows held in the US per year. Assist with the development and design of promotional brochures, posters, advertising copy and other promotional materials as requested by the Board.  This may involve interaction with other committees of the NCA at the request of the Board of Directors. Submit an annual report of activity to the Second Vice President, NCA in January of each year, accompanied by an estimated annual budget.  
Desired qualifications:
Experience and training in the field of publicity and/or marketing. Understanding of the requirements related to producing advertisements in the print media. Demonstrated writing ability. Applicants should send a letter of application and samples of representative work, to Pam Saunders, Second Vice President.
Tickets Now on Sale for the 2011 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando, Florida
akceukanubaThousands of Top Show Dogs, More Than 150 AKC Meet the Breeds® Booths, Holiday Shopping for Dog Lovers and More! Come experience the 11th Annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, returning to Orlando, Florida on December 17-18, 2011 at the Orange County Convention Center. Day and Evening tickets go on sale today. Spectators can watch thousands of the world's top canine competitors from across the country and around the globe vie for Best in Show honors and a total of $225,000 in prize money. National titles will also be awarded at the AKC Agility Invitational and the AKC National Obedience Invitational, and entrants from more than 40 countries around the globe will compete in the Eukanuba World Challenge. And for the first-time ever, there will be dedicated competitions just for Juniors in all three sports: conformation, agility and obedience. Dog lovers will enjoy events like AKC Meet the Breeds® where 150 different dog breeds and breed experts will be on hand to meet the public. The vendor mall will also offer holiday shoppers more than 100 different booths to pick out gifts for dog-loving family and friends. Show off your breed loyalties with a dog breed shirt, pick up a new dog bed for your Borzoi, a winter coat for your Whippet, or exquisite, hand-crafted jewelry for you! READ MORE
Dog Legislation
More and more frequently, states and local governments are attempting to enact laws that limit our rights as dog owners and as breeders, sometimes putting limits on the numbers of dogs people can own, or requiring spaying/neutering of all dogs.  While the intentions of these laws are sometimes good, they don't consider the rights of responsible dog owners and breeders. In these instances, your help is needed to stop this legislation.

The NCA works with the AKC in conjunction with a large network of member club Legislative Liaisons.  The American Kennel Club's Canine Legislation Department monitors and provides input for federal, state and local legislation governing responsible dog ownership. Visit the NCA Legislative Action Center and find out what you can do to help today.

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You will soon be receiving NCA Election packet.  Don't let it get lost in the holiday rush, and remember to vote for your choice of the candidates running for the NCA Board.  Votes must be received no later than February 1, 2012.

Finally, remember in this holiday season that in these tough economic times it is important to remember all of the charities in our lives. While outright gifting may not be financially feasible this year, remember that any purchase made at The Newfoundland Dog Library (including search box results) will benefit the Health Challenge and Rescue.  You can also buy and sell items on eBay to support NCA Charities.

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